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Tehran, Iran, July 1, 2016 — Luca Vettori starred with 19 points as Italy edged Argentina 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22) in front of a rapturous Tehran home crowd bearing the love of Argentinean coach in heart on the opening night of week 3.

With the crowd firmly on the side of Argentina, It was Vettori and Osmany Juantorena that silenced the fans with a commanding display at the net, both scoring 19 points for their side, whilst Ezequiel Palacios was top scorer for Argentina with 16 points.

In the first set, Iranian fans applauded Velasco and his team inspiring them on each point to reach the first TTO leading Italy 8-7. The Argentinean could not preserve the points as they came out of the court for the second technical time-out 16-13 down with Vettori dominating at the net and powering Italy to win the set 25-18.

The astonishing performance of Vettori continued as Italy led 8-4 and it made Argentina coach Velasco change plans, which allowed them to level the points at 11-11. The rally went point by point with no team wanting to give an inch and it was finally Italy, who maintained their composure to take their chance 25-20 with the excellent pairing of Ivan Zaytsev and Vettori crucial for the European side.

While Argentina had left the door open for Italy in the first two sets, in the third set it remained firmly shut as they took the lead for the first technical time-out in 8-4. Zaytsev was substituted by Lanza as Lorenzo felt concerned with losing the points one after another and they continued to fall behind going into the second technical timeout 10-16 behind. This allowed Nicolas Bruno to close the set for Argentina to extend the match to a fourth set with 25-22 win.

In the fourth set, Argentina revived hope as they took the lead 6-8 at the first technical time out. Soon Italy found its feet and with star player Simone Buti proving crucial comeback to reach 11-10 before storming ahead 16-12 at the second technical time out with consecutive successful attempts by Vettori at the net. The home crowd raised the roof in expectancy as Argentina reduced the deficit to 21-20 but Italy’s stunning efforts when it mattered most saw them click a four set win with a 25-22 win for a 3-1 score line.

Press Conference:

Luca Vettori starred with 19 points as Italy edged Argentina 3-1 in front of a rapturous Tehran home crowd bearing the love of Argentinean coach in heart on the opening night of week 3.

Emanuele Birarelli, Italy captain: "We played well in first and second sets. But in the third and fourth sets we were too much nervous and played upside downs. We are satisfied we this victory at the end.

Julio Velazco, Head coach of Argentina: "Congratulations to the Italian team. They played better than us. We suffered from their serves. We only created a few problems with their receptions. I think the big difference was high ball attack. After reception and defence, Italy made the difference."

Blengini Gianlorenzo, Head coach of Italy: "We are so satisfied with the results. We showed our power. We were both good at serves and changing the situation with counter attack in the first two sets. At the third set, Argentina troubled us and we lost focus. It was a good match and we are so happy to win at the end."

Luciano De Cecco, Argentina Captain:
"First of all congratulations to Italy. They played well. Now we are looking forward to tomorrow’s match against Serbia."

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